Beethoven: Bagatelles (6), Op. 126

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Beethoven: Piano Sonatas & Variations

Beethoven: Piano Sonatas & Variations


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7

Piano Sonata No. 6 in F major, Op. 10 No. 2

Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major, Op. 14 No. 1

Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor, Op. 49 No. 1

Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110

Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major, Op. 78

Für Elise (Bagatelle in A minor, WoO59)

Bagatelles (6), Op. 126

Ecossaise in E flat major, WoO 86

Andante Favori in F, WoO 57

Variations (32) on an Original Theme in C minor, WoO 80

Rondo in C major, Op. 51 No. 1

Rondo in G major, Op. 51 No. 2

Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major, Op. 79


Andor Foldes (piano)

One of three complementary albums which celebrate the art of the Hungarian pianist Andor Foldes in the music of Beethoven, this Eloquence release pairs an eventful journey through the composer’s sonatas with his excursions into shorter and lighter repertoire.

Taken by itself, the release would serve as an ideal introduction to Beethoven’s piano music. Foldes was renowned for his no-frills pianism, just as the composer was known in his own time for lessons which did not fuss about a dropped note here or there but concentrated on expression and direct communication. These are the qualities already to be prized in the Op. 7 Sonata, written five years after Beethoven’s decisive move from Bonn to Vienna but still bursting with the exuberance of his 20s.

At the other end of the composer’s career, the release presents Beethoven at his most puzzling and confrontational in the Op. 126 Bagatelles – the briefest of which lasts barely ten seconds – and at his most searching in his penultimate Sonata, Op. 110.

The Ecossaises and little-known Rondos present a lighter, more carefree side to Beethoven, and his best-known work for piano, Für Elise, shares a tenderness with the more profound slow movement which he had intended to use for the ‘Waldstein’ Sonata but eventually let stand alone as the Andante favori.

Foldes made these recordings over four years at the end of the 1950s, when he was invited across the world to perform the Classical masters which he had most loved since the beginning of his prodigious career: he had performed the First and Fourth concertos in public by the age of eleven. He was a diligent and sober recording artist, as his Beethoven series for Deutsche Grammophon exemplifies.

“The Ecossaises suddenly break free from the chilly discipline, and blossom delightfully… The recording is at once deep and clear.” Gramophone Magazine, March 1958

“Foldes has quite wonderful technique. It is impossible to think of his ever playing strings of wrong notes; one could more easily believe his last wrong note occurred in 1949, so assured does he sound. His playing is beautifully clean.” Gramophone Magazine, November 1959 (Rondos)

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Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 'Hammerklavier' & Bagatelles, Op. 126

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 29 'Hammerklavier' & Bagatelles, Op. 126


Beethoven:

Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 'Hammerklavier'

Bagatelles (6), Op. 126


He is nicknamed ‘the poet of the piano’, an epithet confirmed by each of his appearances in concert or on record, most recently with his multi-award-winning Debussy and Chopin CDs. Nelson Goerner already has an imposing discography, but this is the first time he has tackled Beethoven on a recording: he has chosen the ‘Hammerklavier’, a work of unparalleled dimensions, complexity and profundity . . . But is this artist, whom a Buenos Aires newspaper praised after a recital at the famous Teatro Colón for his ‘ability to combine intellectual lucidity, undeniable depth, and a technical ease that enables him to express his ideas’, not the perfect interpreter for that monumental composition?

‘Here is a sonata that will make pianists work hard’, said Beethoven to his publisher after labouring on it for almost three years, at a time when his deafness was constantly worsening. Forty-five minutes of immense difficulty for the performer (and also the listener?): between a first movement as fiery as Beethoven ever wrote and a finale that seems to foreshadow jazz improvisations, comes a splendid and deeply moving slow movement that Goerner renders with deep emotion. He then invites us to move from the monumental to the miniature, with the Six Bagatelles op.126, subtle gems of late Beethovenian style, constructed with formidable skill.

“Goerner’s Hammerklavier is about flight, variety of shapes, sounds, ideas and precision of communication...Phrases are imbued with life and meaning but, equally importantly, they are separated by breath, lending them intelligibility...If ever there were an effortless Hammerklavier finale, this is it.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

“[the Hammerklavier] has received several amazing recordings in recent years, and Nelson Goerner’s is one of them. It is also a highly individual though never quirky account” BBC Music Magazine, November 2016 *****

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Editor's Choice - October 2016

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Melvyn Tan: Master & Pupil

Melvyn Tan: Master & Pupil


Beethoven:

Bagatelles (6), Op. 126

Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

Czerny:

Rode Variations Op. 23

Funeral march for Beethoven, Op.146

Liszt:

Piano Sonata in B minor, S178


Melvyn Tan (piano)

Melvyn Tan has a strong association with the music of Beethoven having made pioneering recordings for EMI of the 5 Piano Concertos and the Choral Fantasia with Sir Roger Norrington and the London Classical Players. He also made several discs of the sonatas, and one very special recording on the then newly restored Broadwood piano that was Beethoven’s own instrument. On this disc Melvyn plays on a modern Steinway. The theme of the CD is Master & Pupil.

Focusing on three of the great pianist composers of the 19th century who represent the beginning of a long line of masters and pupils that can be traced to the present day via Martin Krauss and Edwin Fischer to Alfred Brendel and Paul Lewis.

The young Carl Czerny (along with Ferdinand Reis) became a long term pupil and friend of Beethoven at the early age of 10, performing some of the concertos, and working with Beethoven on preparing works for their premiers – not an easy task. A brilliant virtuoso and a highly skilled (if over productive) composer, his legacy lives on to this day in his studies – every pianist will have come across these. His reputation was held in high regard by Liszt, Brahms and Debussy, and it was the young Liszt that Czerny took under his wing in 1819. Liszt later dedicated his 'Transcendental Studies' to Czerny. In 1823 Beethoven saw the 12 year-old Liszt perform and after kissed the child on the forehead. Liszt’s monumental B minor Sonata is the true heir to Beethoven’s visionary late sonatas.

“His performance of Liszt’s Sonata in B minor may not be as grandly impassioned or mercurial of mood as some, but Tan’s performance, full of long, graded crescendos and with a convincing large-scale shape, is finely judged and ultimately very persuasive.” The Guardian

“The main interest of this disc lies in the Czerny pieces. Very few of his thousand plus piano works are played today, and the Rode variations do indeed reflect a felicitous talent, with their increasingly virtuoso embroidery on the theme … [Tan] plays the Bagatelles with the right sort of empathy, honouring both their folk song sweetness and their anarchic playfulness” BBC Music Magazine, November 2016 ****

“played to gourmet standards, with generous lashings of cream.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2016

“The progression, for me, is from marvellousness to absolute delectation: Tan’s Liszt. His playing is always exquisite, but much more than that.” Sunday Times, 30th October 2016

“[The Rode Variations] finds Tan in his finest form, with fabulous filigree” International Piano, May 2017 ***

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Beethoven: Lieder & Bagatellen

Beethoven: Lieder & Bagatellen


Beethoven:

An die Hoffnung, Op 32

Werner Güra (tenor)

Lied aus der Ferne, WoO 137

Werner Güra (tenor)

Bagatelles (6), Op. 126

Zärtliche Liebe 'Ich liebe dich', WoO 123

Werner Güra (tenor)

An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved), Op. 98

Werner Güra (tenor)

Adelaide, Op. 46

Werner Güra (tenor)

Der Kuss, Op. 128

Werner Güra (tenor)

Wonne der Wehmut, Op. 83 No. 1

Werner Güra (tenor)

Resignation, WoO 149

Werner Güra (tenor)

An die Hoffnung, Op. 94

Werner Güra (tenor)


Christoph Berner (fortepiano J. B. Streicher, 1847)

Beethoven the song composer. The giant of the symphony and the sonata has somewhat overshadowed Beethoven the creator of songs. Yet his lieder are certainly not lacking in appeal or originality, as is shown by this selection that includes the most famous, from 'Adelaide' to the first song cycle in history, 'An die ferne Geliebte'. Christoph Berner plays a Streicher fortepiano of 1847, perfectly suited to both the songs and the wonderful Bagatelles Op.126.

“Playing on an 1847 Streicher fortepiano – a direct descendant of the kind of instrument Beethoven knew – Berner relishes t[the Bagatelles'] quirkiness, explosive energy and rarefied lyricism...Güra’s mellifluous tenor has lost none of the freshness of a decade and more ago. He sings An die ferne Geliebte with a wondering, confiding intimacy, punctuated by surges of excited urgency.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2015

“Güra's noble and beautifully enunciated tenor recreates the sheer energy and spiritual struggle within the microcosm of Beethoven's songs…Berner's 1847 Streicher fortepiano captures well the clarity and the tonal depths of Beethoven's keyboard writing. And the artfully placed Bagatelles, fearlessly played, become both responses to and a spiritual fine-tuning for our reception of the songs.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2015

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Vocal Finalist

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Beethoven: Bagatelles

Beethoven: Bagatelles


Beethoven:

Bagatelles (7), Op. 33

Bagatelles (11), Op. 119

Bagatelles (6), Op. 126

Bagatelle in C major, WoO56

Bagatelle in C minor, WoO52

Piano Pieces (4), WoO 59-61a


Following his highly acclaimed Beethoven ‘Moonlight’, ‘Pathétique’ and ‘Waldstein’ Sonatas release, Hyperion’s Gramophone-award-winning artist Steven Osborne turns his talents to Beethoven’s complete Bagatelles. Though the composer himself referred to these thirty short piano works, which he penned throughout his life, as ‘trifles’, these are nonetheless trifles from the mind of a genius. In this polished album, Osborne lends his remarkable artistry to everything from the Six Bagatelles of Op 126, which at times occupy the same rarefied spiritual world as the late quartets and were the very last works Beethoven ever wrote for the piano, to the composer’s most famous stand-alone piano piece, the mysterious little A minor Bagatelle known to all the world as ‘Für Elise’.

“[Beethoven's] Leipzig publisher complained that they were such insignificant trifles no one would believe they were by Beethoven: not only slight but on the whole easy too. The joy of having a player of Steven Osborne's spare, rhythmically incisive brilliance shows the idiocy of the publisher's words.” The Observer, 16th April 2012

“vigorously and sparklingly played by Steven Osborne, who must bring his pianistic intelligence to bear on elementary and virtuosic performance levels alike.” Sunday Times, 22nd April 2012

“the range is enormous...Osborne encompasses this transition in masterly fashion. This disc follows on from his one of Beethoven sonatas, and it ignites a similar joy in the way that he conveys ideas so lucidly and with such subtle shades of tone, distilling the essence of each miniature with potency and freshness.” The Telegraph, 19th April 2012 *****

“It's a part of [Osborne's] personal excursion to seek the individual potency of each Bagatelle...Osborne has delved deep to extract so much from cameos that pack emotional enormity within small spaces.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2012

“The air of faux naivete Osborne brings to these trifles is particualrly persuasive, with understatement providing the perfect setting and foil for Beethoven's droll humour...Whatever preconceptions you may bring to these pieces, the crystal clarity of Osborne's exquisitely polished pianism is an unalloyed joy to the ear...Osborne's new recording will take its place without apology in any company.” International Record Review, June 2012

“His playing is immaculately polished, but here he misses something of the arresting brusqueness, heartfelt lyricism, madcap zaniness, and tender melancholy...Osborne's most expressive playing comes in the reflective moments of the Op. 126 Bagatelles.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2012 ***

“Despite playing on a modern grand, Osborne’s attack, tone and phrasing suggest an awareness of period performance practice. Climaxes are powerfully telling, yet always remain within “classical” parameters...[Osborne is] captivating, with a gentle touch that produces an astonishing inwardness.” MusicWeb International, July 2012

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Editor's Choice - July 2012

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Beethoven Rarities Vol. 6

Beethoven Rarities Vol. 6


Beethoven:

Fantasia, B213

Variazioni, Ahn. 10

Rondo in B flat major, Anh. 6

Piano Piece in C major 'Lustig, traurig' WoO 54

Piano Piece in B flat major WoO 60

Allegretto in B minor WoO 61

Bagatelle in C minor, WoO52

Bagatelles (6), Op. 126


Massimo Anfossi (piano)

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Beethoven - Bagatelles

Beethoven - Bagatelles


Beethoven:

Bagatelles (7), Op. 33

Rondo in C major, Op. 51 No. 1

Allegretto in C minor,WoO 53

Bagatelles (11), Op. 119

Bagatelles (6), Op. 126

Piano Piece in B flat major WoO 60

Für Elise (Bagatelle in A minor, WoO59)


“His readings have the easy authority of one who has no difficulty in tracing the composer's most casual thoughts, even if he does not always follow his instructions to the letter. Brendel shows considerable virtuosity when he wishes to unleash it... but he is essentially a thoughtful, lyrical pianist with a tone which sings—but never monotonously.” Gramophone Magazine

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Beethoven: Eroica Variations, Op. 35, etc.

Beethoven:

Eroica Variations, Op. 35

Für Elise (Bagatelle in A minor, WoO59)

Bagatelles (6), Op. 126

Ecossaises (6) in E flat major, WoO 83


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Schumann, Beethoven & Prokofiev

Schumann, Beethoven & Prokofiev


Beethoven:

Bagatelles (6), Op. 126

Prokofiev:

Sarcasms (5), Op. 17

Schumann:

Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6


Nikita Mndoyants (piano)

Winner of the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Nikita Mndoyants debuts here on the Steinway Label with an electric program. His performances are “flawlessly paced, beautifully detailed and emotionally powerful” (Dallas Morning News). Coming from a family of professional musicians, Nikita Mndoyants began to play piano and compose music at a very young age. He entered Central Music School in Moscow, where he studied piano with Tamara Koloss. He gave his first public recital at age eight, and recorded his first album at age ten. Since 2013 he has been a professor of orchestration at the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory. As a composer, he received first prize at the 2014 Myaskovsky International Competition of Composers and the 2016 Prokofiev International Competition of Composers. Mndoyants has toured in Asia, Europe, Russia, and the United States, and has appeared in major concert halls in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Paris, and Seoul. He has worked with renowned conductors including Leonard Slatkin and Alexander Sladkovsky, and performed with the Svetlanov State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Liszt-Beethoven Complete Symphonies Vol. 2

Liszt-Beethoven Complete Symphonies Vol. 2


Beethoven:

Bagatelles (6), Op. 126

Liszt:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat ‘Eroica’ from S464


Gabriele Baldocci (piano)

Liszt’s vast output includes a large number of piano transcriptions of pieces that range from Bach organ works to extracts of Wagner, as well as virtuoso fantasias and ‘paraphrases’ of operas by numerous composers, including Mozart, Verdi and Gounod. Liszt freely re-imagined the original works in order to produce dazzling performances. But his piano transcriptions of Beethoven’s nine symphonies are entirely different. These accounts are profoundly faithful to the score, prepared with minute attention to matters of instrumental timbre on the one hand, and suitably pianistic translations of orchestral textures and techniques on the other.

This is the second volume of the complete Liszt piano transcriptions of Beethoven’s nine symphonies, released on five separate CDs. The first (CDS731), featured Symphonies Nos 1 and 6. This new release features Symphony No. 3 (Eroica), and the 6 Bagatelles Op. 126.

Gabriele Baldocci is a brilliant young pianist and rising star; he is held in high regard by Martha Argerich, with whom he often appears in concert.

“Excellent performances and an interpretation for long-term listening…the Finale is one of those fascinating Beethoven creations, a tremendous statement… Baldocci once again has the measure of this as a feat of architecture, never allowing things to become baggy or over-inflated and keeping us immersed in the narrative…” MusicWeb International, May 2017

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